Discover the Heritage of Otley and District

Wharfedale looking towards Burley and Otley

Wharfedale looking towards Burley and Otley

For seven Thursdays starting on January 19th 2017 (with a break for half term) I will be teaching a new heritage course for the WEA.  It will be based at Otley Courthouse, (Courthouse Street, Otley, West Yorkshire, LS21 3AN.The standard fee £48.00 though the course is FREE if you are in receipt of income related benefit (only SEA funded).

The course will look at the following topics:

  • Anglo-Scandinavian cross shaft with dragon carving. Otley.

    Anglo-Scandinavian cross shaft with dragon carving. Otley.

    The Wharfe Valley in Prehistoric and Roman times: prehistoric trackways, Roman roads, prehistoric monuments (e.g. Bull Stone, hut circles on Otley Chevin), Roman settlement in the locality

  • Anglo-Saxon and Domesday Otley – place name evidence, Elmet and Craven, archbishop of York’s estates in Wharfedale, effects of Norman Conquest
  • Medieval Otley – place name evidence, documentary sources, field systems, modern map evidence
  • Tudors and Stuarts – effects of the dissolution of the Monasteries, development of gentry classes, Tudor/Jacobean housing boom
  • Church and chapel; rise of non-conformity, Waterloo Churches, role of churches in social life
  • Transport networks- pack horse routes, turnpikes, railways
  • Victorian and early 2th century Otley – agriculture and industry, tourism, development of commuting

To find out more or to book a please visit the WEA website.


People Resources and Heritage in the Wharfe Valley

Regrettably this course has now been cancelled.

A new heritage course for Ilkley

Starting on the 6th of April 2016 I will be teaching a 7 week heritage course for the WEA at the Ben Rhydding Scout and Guide Headquarters (Wheatley Lane, Ben Rhydding). Sessions run from 10.00-12.00 each Tuesday afternoon. The course costs £44.10.



Wharfedale near Burley

The course consists of four classroom sessions at the Scout Headquarters in Ben Rhydding. These alternate with three guided walks. The classroom sessions will focus on how people have used natural resources and how this has affected the development of the landscape. The three guided walks will focus on surviving historic buildings in in in the three communities of Addingham, Burley in Wharfedale and Ben Rhydding

To find out more or to book a place visit the WEA website